Report out on youth violence in the home

The data is outlined in a report entitled The Making of Good Men and Women by Women�s Health and Family Services that responds to youth violence in the home.

The report said that out of the 2013 offences reported, 1416 were reported as assault and 181 as sexual assault. The rest made up deprivation of liberty, threatening behaviour and robbery.

�These numbers are only an indication of domestic and family violence perpetrated by youth that have been reported and it would be difficult to measure the true extent of youth violence in the home as most assaults and offences go unreported,� the report said.

WHFS head of strategic operations and Como resident Fiona Reid was responsible for bringing government and non-government agencies together to form the working group who created the report.

�We wanted to find out the situation in WA and find out what was actually happening,� she said.

�We also wanted to find out what works and what other people were doing.�

The mission of the working group was to provide leadership to reduce youth violence in the home and its impacts on families and communities by instigating community forums, best practice advocacy, policy development and highlight future research initiatives.

Ms Reid said the group hopes that by putting together the report, it would get the issue on the public agenda.

Child Protection Minister Helen Morton said she shared the concerns of WHFS and the need to address the more invisible aspect of domestic and family violence.

�The State Government�s strong commitment to tackling youth violence in the home is reflected in Western Australia�s Family and Domestic Violence Prevention Strategy to 2022,� she said.

�The strategy has a clear focus on young people, which includes prevention and early intervention initiatives aimed at promoting healthy relationships.

�The focus on young people is critical in combating the inter-generational cycle of family and domestic violence.�